It’s been quite a few years since ruching was the stuff of fashion trends. Without trying to sound like a fashion snob (who, me?), in recent years it’s been the go-to option for value brands looking for a low-hanging-fruit ‘sexy eveningwear’ option.
A few season ago it seemed that designers were obsessed with pushing American footballer shoulders as they all rushed to hop aboard the Vetements/Balenciaga style train. But then it all went a bit quiet.
Who says Nicolas Ghesquière isn’t up to the job of creation control as LVMH’s biggest moneyspinner? As a not-always-brilliant Fashion Month ended on Tuesday, he turned out to be spot on, silencing the whispers about his future at the brand, for now at least.
I was getting a bit bored with the same old Valentino look a few months ago (obviously, Pierpaolo Piccioli was quaking in his boots at this) but the latest collection has made me a fan once again.
I feel like I’m being really conservative this fashion Month but I’m still reeling from those bubble dresses Anthony Vaccarello sent down the Saint Laurent runway. It’s like I was growing increasingly allergic to the more ridiculous end of the fashion spectrum and I’ve been tipped over the edge.
When Clare Waight-Keller announced she was leaving Chloé I automatically assumed that the label just wouldn’t be able to achieve the style heights she achieved (yeah, I’m a fan). And when they said she was being replaced by Natacha Ramsay-Levi who worked with Nicolas Ghesquière for many years, turning out exaggerated silhouettes and some hard-edged…
The fashion world still hasn’t quite made up its mind about Maria Grazia Chiuri’s tenure at Dior and it’s easy to see why. We applaud the spectacular, the grand statement, even the faintly ridiculous. A game-changing makeover like the one Alessandro Michele drove at Gucci is easy to buy into. But a less showy makeover…